Friday night fun

By Jon Lane
It’s Reds vs. Yankees tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. For the play-by-play, dial into WCBS 880-AM.

For more exclusives, Joe Auriemma and his crew are down there and will wrap up their Spring Training coverage this weekend. The Yankees, though, have another five days left in Florida before they head home for a workout next Thursday at the new Yankee Stadium followed by exhibition games Friday night and Saturday afternoon against the Cubs (both games will air on YES). Then it all begins April 6 in Baltimore when CC Sabathia makes the Yankees’ first start of the 2009 season.

Speaking of the new Stadium, those who believe hitting the road is their best route to the Bronx, you’ll interested in this: has information on a parking garage that offers spaces that can be reserved for up to the entire home season. The daily charge will be $19.

Tonight’s lineups
Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Hideki Matsui DH
Jorge Posada C
Robinson Cano 2B
Xavier Nady RF
Cody Ransom 3B
Brett Gardner CF

Pitching: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte and Jon Albaladejo.

This is in all likelihood the Yankees’ Opening Day lineup … is Rivera human? He’s retired 12 of the 13 hitters he’s faced this spring while throwing 30 of 43 pitches for strikes.

Darnell McDonald CF
Jerry Hairston Jr SS
Brandon Phillips 2B
Laynce Nix RF
Jonny Gomes DH
Adam Rosales 3B
Jacque Jones 1B
Ramon Hernandez C
Norris Hopper LF

Pitching: Aaron Harang, Daniel Ray Herrera, Mike Lincoln, Josh Roenicke and Pedro Viola.

I like this Reds team. Yeah, it comes off a 74-88 2008, but a program is being built around young players like Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Edinson Volquez (he came to Cincinnati in the Josh Hamilton trade), Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto … Harang experienced a severe decline last season, falling from winning 16 games two straight years to 6-17 with a 4.78 ERA … last week, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty refuted an ESPN report that Harang was on the block … should Harang be named Opening Day starter April 6 against the Mets, he’ll be the first Reds hurler to start four consecutive Opening Day games since Jose Rijo from 1992-95. Don’t count on it. Volquez (17-6, 3.21) is their horse.


  1. juliasrants

    The Red Sox released information today that they will be holding concession prices at last year’s rates and they will be having a “family hour” food promotion before each game. Will the Yankees be doing anything like that?


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